Bob and Jani Bergdahl give a full news conference in Boise, Idaho. They address Bowe and give thanks to those who have supported Bowe and the Bergdahl family throughout Bowe’s period of captivity.
Watch the video at kboi2.com
Also read Bergdahl family speaks out about POW’s return at MSNBC.com
“Sgt. Bergdahl’s hometown reacts with tears of joy”
Watch video comments and hear from residents of Hailey, Idaho
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From the Associated Press:
“The U.S. soldier freed in Afghanistan after being held for nearly five years by insurgents has arrived at an American military hospital in Germany. It’s not immediately clear how long he will stay there before continuing to the United States.”
See NBC News VIDEO of Bowe & Jani Bergdahl speaking in the White House Rose Garden about Bowe’s release.
From NBC News:
President Barack Obama and the parents of newly freed prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl thanked the military and the country in an emotional Rose Garden press conference Saturday.
“We just can’t communicate the words this morning when we heard from the president,” father Bob Bergdahl said.
Read more and see video at NBC News of Bob and Jani Bergdahl speaking at the White House.
It was another day in nearly five years of captivity for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, and he didn’t know what the 18 Taliban fighters had in store for him Saturday.
There, in the rugged mountains of eastern Afghanistan near the Pakistan border, the heavily armed fighters turned Bergdahl over to U.S. military commandos.
The soldier’s plight had come to an end.
Within minutes he was airborne. The helicopter’s rotors whooped so loudly that Bergdahl couldn’t communicate clearly with the men on board.
So he grabbed a paper plate and wrote three characters: “SF?”
The men understood: Special Forces?
Read MORE at CNN
President Barack Obama, flanked by the parents of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl at the White House on Saturday, praised the diplomatic officials and troops who helped secure the release of the American soldier held captive for nearly five years by militants during the Afghanistan war.
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From the Idaho Statesman:
A truck circled the streets in downtown Hailey on Saturday morning carrying a sign with the news that residents had waited five long years to hear: Bowe Bergdahl had been set free.
The celebration began immediately.
Read MORE at the Idaho Statesman
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